Former Nyasa Big Bullets players have formed a team which aims at bringing them together as they embark on a long journey towards achieving the common good.
The veterans officially formed their social team on Saturday at Kamuzu Stadium with a 3-2 victory over Southern Region Socials.
The players, who once brought glory to the club during their hay days, came out in large numbers to unveil their team.
And on the field of play; the likes of Peter Mponda, James Chilapondwa, Andrew Chikhosi, Afiki Sikelo, Jimmy Zakazaka, Emmanuel Chipatala, Fundi Akidu, Chancy Gondwe, Shadreck Chikhosi, John Phiri, James Chimera Jnr, Rahim Ishmael and Heston Munthali reminded the spectators of how good they were during their playing days when they demonstrated the level of their skills.
The two sides played out a goalless draw in the opening 45 minutes, with the rains starting just after the referee blew the whistle to end the first half.
As the heavy rains kept on coming in the second half, Zakazaka opened the scoreline with a fantastic finish inside SR’s penalty box as Bullets had introduced a new team for the final half.
Though the match was level at certain point, Ishmael made it 2-1 when the veterans outnumbered their opponents, leaving the midfielder with a simple task of putting the ball into the net.
SR Socials made it 2-2 through Dave Munthali, who earlier on missed from the spot.
However, the veterans walked out of the stadium with smiles on their faces when Chilapondwa nailed it in the final minutes of the match.
Speaking after the match, former Chief Executive Officer of Bullets FC, Fleetwood Haiya, who also plays for SR Socials, pledged Nyasa Manufacturing Company’s support to the newly launched team.
“As a company which is sponsoring the club, we are very happy with this development and we are pledging our support towards this good course. We are asking the leadership of the team to keep on involving us in their programs and we are promising you that we will be together throughout,” Haiya said.
Another highlight of the day was a K250,000 donation by Rab Processors Limited towards the Nyasa Big Bullets veterans team fund.
Presenting the cheque to the veterans, Rab Processors Limited’s Marketing Manager, Anthony Kafuwa, said his company thought it wise to assist the players who are the foundation of Malawi’s modern football.
“We are sponsoring the Southern Region Football League as well as the Malawi national team and when we were approached by Southern Region Socials administration, we couldn’t hesitate to come in because our football is where it is today because of these veterans and we will continue doing this to our former players,” he said.
On his part, speaking on behalf of the ex-Bullets stars, Chancy Gondwe hailed Rab Processors Limited for the timely donation, saying it will go a long way towards achieving their goal.
“We won’t be focusing on playing social football only, but we will also be tasked to reach out to our former teammates who are currently not doing well in terms of finances and many more. As such, we are very grateful to Rab Processors Limited for this donation which will go towards achieving the intended purpose,” said Gondwe.